Sunday, June 26thAfter the wonderful day we had on the Saturday (see previous post), all the children returned to the church for Sunday Mass and took their places at the front of the congregation, so that the whole parish could see the new Communicants.
In the afternoon, we had our annual Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. Some of the First Communicants returned to join in the Procession. The Procession began of course with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; with the canopy in place we left the church and processed around the church. When we reached the tomb of John and Josephine Bowes, behind the apse, the procession paused and an outdoor Benediction took place; we recited the Litany of the Sacred Heart and sang the Benediction hymns, followed by the Blessing with the monstrance. Then we continued around the house, through the garden and back into church, where again Benediction was celebrated.
Afterwards tea and refreshments were served on the lawn. All the while the sun shone, until after the whole thing was over, there was a heavy shower. I have been musing on the following syllogism: The Bible says that the sun shines on the righteous; the sun shone on us; therefore we are righteous! Or is there something wrong with that logic? An undistributed middle, perhaps? Here are the photos of our Procession.
|Exposing the Blessed Sacrament|
|The Procession begins|
|Arriving at the Tomb Altar|
|The Blessed Sacrament arrives|
|Prayers at the Altar|
|Preparing to leave|
|Leading into the garden|
|Coming through the garden|
|The First Communicants|
|Children and Mums|
|Returning to the church|
|Back in church|